Summertime (1955)


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In this romantic drama a Yankee secretary goes on a Venetian vacation and ends up falling in love with a handsome native.

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Katharine Hepburn
as Jane Hudson
Rossano Brazzi
as Renato Di Rossi
Darren McGavin
as Eddie Yaeger
Isa Miranda
as Signora Fiorini
Mari Aldon
as Phyl Jaeger
Jane Rose
as Mrs. McIlhenny
MacDonald Parke
as Mr. McIlhenny
André Morell
as Englishman
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Critic Reviews for Summertime

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

The dialogue can be stagey and Venice is evoked at a tourist level, but it's beautifully photographed and Hepburn's loneliness and sadness look disquietingly real.

Nov 6, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film stacks up as promising entertainment -- with some reservations.

Nov 6, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Features] lovely performance from Hepburn at its centre.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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The challenge thus set of making Venice the moving force in propelling the play has been met by Mr. Lean as the director with magnificent feeling and skill.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Recommended, with hesitations.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The script maintains slightly the tone of an impeccably smooth and glossy novelette, romantic rather than sentimental, but scarcely concerned to explore its situation very deeply.

Feb 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Summertime

Katherine Hepburn plays Jane Hudson, an American who takes her first trip to Venice, Italy, in the 1955 David Lean film "Summertime." Hudson has a modest job in Akron, Ohio, and she tells everyone who will listen that she's saved up for years. Upon arriving in the city she meets several Americans and spends time with them getting to know the city, but when they go their separate ways as couples, Hudson starts to feel lonliness. Hudson then meets a charming Venetian antiques dealer in a shop named Renalto (Rossano Brazzi) and they begin a romance that lasts the remainder of her stay in Venice. The film was shot entirely on location in the city of Venice and the postcard like scenes are capitivating. Jack Hildyard would go on to work with Lean on "The Bridge on the River Kwai" in 1957 and in many ways this is an epic romance that would pave the way for the many films that would follow.

Joseph Boomhower
Joseph Boomhower

Super Reviewer

Katharine Hepburn's trip abroad is far more eye opening and fulfilling to watch than any eating, drinking and praying that Julia Roberts does in later years. Her sense of romance rekindled in Venice is a joy to watch.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

On the surface this is a romance with old maid Katharine Hepburn falling in love in Venice with a few twists and turns, however, under the superb direction of David Lean, the city of Venice actually becomes a character in the film. The exquisite cinematography makes you feel as if you have actually visited the city. A wonderful film going experience. A big screen delight.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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